Clean cheap hotel near VA Autotrain?

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  1. drgnfly30

    drgnfly30 <font color=deeppink>Take my advice, never pay ful

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    DH & I are thinking about staying near Lorton VA the night before our departure day on the Autotrain - Anybody know of an inexpensive but clean hotel near the station?
     
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  3. Obi-Wan Pinobi

    Obi-Wan Pinobi <font color=red>Jedi moderator who likes to live o

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    Okay, I'm going off memory here .....

    North of Lorton is the Springfield interchange area, where I-95, I-495, and I-395 all meet. There's a good size mall there and several hotels of differing quality. Downside is the traffic. That interchange is in the midst of construction and constant HEAVY traffic. IIRC, there's a Days Inn that's so-so and a Holiday Inn that's pretty nice but I'm not sure of the $$.

    South of Lorton is Dale City/Woodbridge. The Potomac Mills mall is there, along with many other shopping centers. There are several hotels there that might be a bit more reasonable.

    Both of these areas are probably 10 miles from the station, though. Woodbridge would be my choice -- pretty nice area and plenty of restaurants to choose from -- but I don't know what might be closer to the station.
     
  4. drgnfly30

    drgnfly30 <font color=deeppink>Take my advice, never pay ful

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    Thanks for the info! It'll give me a good start! I think I'll check out the HI, since we are staying at HIFS while at WDW it'll give me more Priority points!
     
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    We are going to WDW in a couple of week and are taking the autotrain. Since I didn't want to take chances of hitting traffic that morning driving from home, we deceided to stay by the autotrain are the night before.
    I deceided to get a room via Priceline.
    I tried Alexandria, VA and got the Sheraton Suites for $45. I highly reccomend trying priceline. There is a website called www.biddingfortravel.com that has all the info you need to get the best price.
     
  6. stevepete

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    We usually stay in Washington at the Holiday Inn on Capital Hill, this way we get a little "extra vacation" within our vacation. It's very safe, clean and walking distance to everything. It is maybe 15-20 miles from the auto train. You might find an internet deal for your travel dates. If you find the hotel a little expensive, keep in mind you can spend the day in Washington for almost nothing, all the attractions are free.

    There is a hotel - I believe a Comfort Inn - right near the auto train (same exit). I hope this helps. Have you taken the auto train before??
     
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    Actually visiting some of the Smithsonian that morning was something I was considering... wasnt sure how much time I would need though...
    This is the first time we've tried the Autotrain.. I've hear good & bad but to me it beats driving & I'm not thrilled with flying lately.
     

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